“CrossFit training has made a really big difference in my life. My love for fitness has come back, and the mini-midlife crisis is over. My insomnia is gone, and my health problems are over. I lost all the body fat and have a full six pack. I can now dead lift 430lbs! My stamina for cardio exercise is great, and I feel better then I ever have. None of this would have been possible without CrossFit. It is what I was looking for, and finally found. My hope is that people are able to get out of it even a smidgen of what I have, because it has changed my life.”
Qualifications and Certifications
- Intermediate Level CrossFit Certification
- Rob Wolfe Nutrition CrossFit Certification
- B.S. Kinesiology/Exercise Science -Sonoma State College
- NASM – National Academy of Sports Medicine Certification
- ISSA – International Sports and Sciences Association Certification
- NCSF – National Council Strength and Fitness Certification
- Scirion Institute of Exercise Science Certification
- Pilates for Golf Training
- Extensive Martial Arts experience – Black Belt Eagle Claw Kung Fu
- 11 years experience in personal training
- 2 years teaching outdoor boot camps
- 2.5 years teaching CrossFit
Everyone has a story – here’s mine:
Many years ago I began working out with weights. In the beginning it was to gain some muscle mass, since I felt I was such a “little guy.” It worked, and I was able to put on muscle and go from 140bs to 180lbs. I viewed myself as a “pretty fit guy” even though my cardio stamina and ability was horrible. Who needed it, considering I’d built all that muscle, right? Also, I accomplished some other great goals over the ten year period. I managed to get a Kinesiology degree, a number of different personal training certifications, and years of experience doing personal training. The funny thing was that through all this, I had never heard of CrossFit. When I did come across it, I was a little skeptical as to its methodology, as I’d been working out a certain way for so long.
Personal stuff was going on with me during this time frame as well. For starters, I was extremely bored with my own workouts, I would push myself to go to the gym do a “half ass workout” and then roll out as if I had accomplished something. What a joke! And, I was tired of training other people because it felt so tedious, training the same workouts over and over.
The stress of working as a trainer doing repetitive programs and boring workouts started bringing me down. I developed insomnia, and periodic, strong abdominal pains that would double me over, largely because my diet was horrible. I would hit the burrito stand four to five times a week and put down a monster meal in a sitting, and yes I was getting fatter. Then, in an attempt to ramp myself up, I would clean up the eating for a while and hit the gym hard. This usually lasted about a week – sound familiar?
Around this time I tried my first CrossFit workout. I was surprised how tough it was — and how much I sweated! I wish I could say I fell in love with it from the beginning, but it didn’t happen that way. I worried about not hitting individual muscle groups with enough sets to maintain my muscle mass. And, I wasn’t sure I had enough energy to make it through these kinds of workouts. I was losing my identity as this “fit guy!!” As cheesy as it may sound, it felt like a midlife crisis, with nothing out there for me to feel passionate about since fitness (as I understood it) had been my life.
Then it happened, mid-CrossFit workout one day. I was doing what they call the “Filthy Fifty” and really pushing myself, and at about fifteen reps into the knees to elbows portion of the workout I felt extremely light headed. I jumped down, ran over and puked into the trash can. Laying on the floor, I felt like death and angry that I, a previous super athlete in my younger years, couldn’t make it through this workout. I felt pathetic. So I got up and finished the workout, even though I was feeling sick with a pounding headache so intense I was seeing double.
That week I watched a guy named Jeff do a CrossFit workout called “Grace” (30 clean and jerks at #135 pounds) in a minute and twenty two seconds! I was utterly amazed. I knew I could dead lift the weight, but there is no way I could push that kind of weight over my head. I tried to do overhead squats and felt like a weakling with a 45 pound bar. I could barely hold it, my upper back would cramp, and I would throw it down in disgust. Now up until this point, I had always figured that I was still above most people when it came to being fit. (I know, I know, what an ego, but it was how I felt.) But, with CrossFit every time I learned a new exercise, I found that even if I could do the prescribed weight portion of the exercise, I could barely squeeze the number of reps. The running portions of the workouts were the worst of all. We had a workout called “Murph” and I had to stop and walk about 400 meters into the run, because I was so winded. I was glad that no one saw me and yes by the way, CrossFit workouts are named after people, and they are timed.
As I was going through all of this, I started using the Zone eating plan. At first I was weighing everything and feeling like it was taking forever to get my meals put together. I started getting a little stronger, and in a month I noticed a huge improvement in my strength and was shaving time off the workout. No doubt it was still hard, and I was still gasping for breath at every workout, but overall I was feeling a lot better physically and mentally.
CrossFit training has made a really big difference in my life. My love for fitness has come back, and the mini-midlife crisis is over. I now am following a Paleo diet and only cheat one meal per week – bye, bye burritos. My insomnia is gone, and my horrible stomach pains have not come back once. I lost all the body fat and have a full six pack. I can now dead lift 430lbs! My stamina for cardio exercise is great, and I feel better then I ever have. None of this would have been possible without CrossFit. It is what I was looking for, and finally found. My hope is that people are able to get out of it even a smidgen of what I have, because it has changed my life.
Let me help you change your life, too.
Chad Hooker is a local, born and raised in the San Ramon Valley. Chad has been playing competitive soccer since the age of 5. He has won many awards including Goal Keeper of the Year in 2001, 2010, and 2011.
Chad has always had a love of all things fitness and knew that CrossFit would not only make him stronger and faster in his everyday life, but it would significantly improve his soccer game.
He began participating in CrossFit in 2010 and was so impressed with the positive changes that he decided to make CrossFit not only his passion, but his job as well.
Chad received his Level 1 Certification in February 2012 and his Kids Certification in August 2012.
He is here to help you, regardless of skill and fitness level. There’s no pressure just positive reinforcement and desire to help you grow. Chad is a team player and understands how to positively motivate people to push themselves to their full capacity.